Thursday, December 27, 2018

2018 Looking Back

As each year comes to a close I gather favorite projects together.

This has been an amazing year of changes for me. 

In August I was so fortunate to have no visible damage to me when my car was totaled. Lots of Physio, Massage, Kinesiology and Doctor appointments over the last 5 months and will be continuing these into the next year.

I recovered enough from my concussion to begin making stenciled signs again in November. Still have some balance issues and headaches that happen when I bend over or move my head quickly as well as back and hip pain etc.

I didn't clean my yard and garden this fall, I figure it will still be there when I am better. Housework has been very minimal; laundry, run the dishwasher, make beds and sometimes sweep the floor. 

I am so glad I have my blog to write, it keeps me centered as each week passes. 

I kept my booths running but at half speed - no carrying weight, no lifting, no ladders, short amounts of time.

I replaced my car in late August (it took three weeks to find what I could afford and be similar to my totalled car). Then I willed myself to drive again. I admit I do not yet drive the highway where my car was totalled. 

I use back roads, side roads, work my way to where I need to go using roads less traveled.

I was so grateful when I got the nerve to drive myself to physio for the first time after having my friend Judy and my DH drive me everywhere.

In late August fellow blogger, Donna of Funky Junk Interiors, wrote in her post about a free journal writing on-line one week course she had signed up for. Me too.Thank you to Kim Klassen.

I love journaling. Who knew!

Wishing you all a Happy New Year


Marilyn of Try It - Like It


  1. So sorry about your car accident! Glad you are on the road to recovery and that you have such wonderful friends and family around to support you.
    Your 2018 roundup is great! My favorites are the red truck stencils and the laundry sign. Beautiful work!

  2. My dear sweet Joy!! I shall up my prayers for you......You are making a magnificent recovery. Slow and steady. And your right - what did not get done this year will still be there waiting next year. Next season. You never fail to impress me with your strength of character and will. May 2019 be a much easier and less painful year for you! Love and prayers from Texas!

  3. I had no idea about your wreck! What a thing to happen. I've been there myself and I completely understand why you don't want to be on that road again. Heal well, my friend, and I will pray that your strength and confidence return.

  4. I didn't know about your car accident either and I totally understand why you wouldn't want to drive on the highway again. I too prefer taking the back roads to get where I'm going. You did such beautiful work this past year and I have to say that the red truck is really a charming piece. The turquoise plaid wooden basket is also darling and my favorite color. I so look forward to what you will be doing in the new year. Best wishes to you for a happy and healthy 2019.

  5. I am so glad you are on the road to recovery. These things leave us physically and emotionally shaken and you are wise to take your time healing. Thank you for your encouragement on my blogging. I think 2019 will be a much better year for both of us!

  6. Joy - so sorry to hear about your accident. I remember an accident I had in the rain - I ran off the road into a farm field, passing through a fence on the way. Ever since, driving in the rain is scary to me. I appreciate your post - it is a superb summary of your talented efforts. I am especially glad that you have linked up to Mosaic Monday again - please come back soon!

  7. Your stencilled signs are so pretty. Wishing you continuous recovery!

  8. I am so sorry to hear all that you've suffered after your bad car wreck. I have had a similar experience...not as serious but it has left me with a set of nerves when I ride in a car....that I am still trying to recover from. It can sure change you. I have been reading a book called DARE but I haven't been able to use the info yet. Anyway, I will keep you in my prayers. Sweet hugs, Diane

  9. It takes a long time to recover from car crashes. I hope that you continue to heal well.


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